Spencer Gayles
McGill-Toolen Class of 2011

Spencer Gayles is the epitome of a well-rounded student. He excels in the academic arena with an all Honors and AP curriculum. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 3.63 GPA. He received full scholarships to LSU and Springhill College and received the Spirit of Auburn Foundation Scholarship. He has chosen to attend LSU where he will march in the Tiger Marching Band.

Spencer is also dedicated to serving the community and living his Catholic faith. He is an active member of the Servants of the Poor, Pro-Life Club and Campus Ministry. He volunteers much of his time to community service. He was recently awarded the Development Office “Jacket Jubilation Meritorious Award” for his countless hours of service which are often done behind-the-scenes for no other reward or recognition other than helping and serving others. He is also a Student Ambassador and is a favorite on the McT Road Shows at his alma mater, St. Ignatius. He is the perfect student to speak on the topic of extracurricular involvement since he is involved in so much at McT!

But the thing Spencer is most passionate about is his music. He plays the violin, the guitar, and saxophone. He is a member of the McT Marching Band, Jazz Band and Symphoic Band. He attributes his self-motivation and persistence to his being a self-taught musician. “Regardless of whether it is learning an instrument or climbing the corporate ladder, it is ultimately up to one’s self to decide whether or not success is plausible.” Spencer feels he learned the importance of teamwork and self –discipline through being a part of the McT marching band. He says, “You have to have a lot of trust in your teammates when you have eighty band members walking backwards and anticipating being in the correct spot at the correct time”. He is also a member of the Chamber Singers, utilizing his musical talents in even another medium.

Spencer is a student who can “do it all and do it well”. His dedication to academics, service to others and his music will take him far in life.

McGill-Toolen Library

Eleanor Marston BenzThe Eleanor Marston Benz Library is an active partner in the educational process at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Its mission is to gather, organize, preserve, and provide access to the information resources necessary for the school to achieve its educational goals.

The McGill-Toolen Eleanor Marston Benz Library resulted in 1971 from the merger of the libraries of the former McGill Institute for Boys and Bishop Toolen High School for Girls, a prelude to the complete merger of the two schools in 1973. Eleanor Benz developed the floor plan and masterminded the herculean undertaking, then remained to be head librarian until 2002.

The Catholic High Schools Alumni Association of Mobile each year gives the proceeds from the Joe Perez Memorial Golf/Tennis Tournament to the library to fund technology needs and to purchase books. The alumni association also raised money in the 1994 “Finding Roots-Gaining Wings” capital campaign to fund the inclusion of a large conference room when the library was expanded. The room is utilized by administration, faculty, parent and student groups for various purposes.

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